It is a very peculiar thing, the annual art of carving pumpkins.
Living in the state that produces more pumpkins than any other, it’s no wonder pumpkin aficionados are on the rise. From creating carved pumpkin masterpieces to roasting seeds and even baking or cooking delicious, hearty pumpkin-based meals—it’s a season full of pretentious pumpkin possibilities.
Lately, Kody has been noticing that strange faces have already begun to adorn some pumpkins on our street. Some are painted, others are carved, but either way, Kody is not amused. He crouches down and tentatively approaches each one as though it will soon come to life and attack him. He is most definitely outnumbered by the pumpkin army. It must be dreadful for him to walk outside now and not only have crunchy leaves to worry about, but now menacing pumpkin heads as well.
I’ve never really given much thought to carving or decorating pumpkins, but now I am beginning to wonder whether it’s such a good idea. If someone said to me, “Hey! Let’s go carve some squash and then light it up,” I would probably think they were crazy. Though, I suppose if we just say, “jack-o-lanterns,” then everyone will sleep peacefully on Halloween night. I guess everyone but Kody. I cannot imagine how scared he’ll be when these seemingly innocent pumpkin heads begin flickering with light!
While many people in our neighborhood have started displaying their pumpkin-perfect carving skills, I am a proponent of tradition, and will thus wait until the night before Halloween to carve mine. Maybe I will carve a “Kody face” pumpkin, but then again, knowing that he still barks at his own reflection in the mirror, a “Kody” pumpkin might just confuse and upset him more!
So, I am not going to give up carving a pumpkin for Kody’s sake, but I am convinced that Halloween is just not going to work out for him. He cannot eat candy, the doorbell will be ringing incessantly, which will get him all revved up, people of all ages and sizes will be masked and dressed in all sorts of styles, and those glowing pumpkin head faces will be staring out at him everywhere! Sounds like a dog’s worst nightmare. And to top it off, I do not think that my plans to dress him up will make the evening any more amicable.